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This last week I started reading three recent boxing autobiographies or biographies, but didn’t get far with any of them. They weren’t awful, but weren’t good either – plodding, literally blow-by-blow accounts offering little insight into the moral, emotional and financial complexities of what Mike Tyson has memorably called “the hurt business”.

Holloway vows Blackpool will try to punch above their weight at Stamford Bridge

Ian Holloway evoked Henry Cooper, Sugar Ray Leonard and Herol "Bomber" Graham as he promised to go toe-to-toe with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow. It was vintage Ollie, colourful, quotable and thoughtful. Thoughtful? Oh yes.

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Waiting for Carver Boyd, by Thomas Hauser

Novels set in the world of boxing are thinner on the ground than publicity-shy promoters, but the past couple of months have seen two published. Though, at a mere 112 paperback-sized pages with plenty of white space, it would be more accurate to describe 'Waiting for Carver Boyd' as a novella.

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Harry Carpenter: Sports commentator known as 'The Voice of Boxing'

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Christopher Walken on life and death in Hollywood

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